Fortnite Chapter 3: when it starts and what to expect

Fortnite the Cube Queen Chapter 2 Season 8 antagonist
Time to kick her to the cube (pic: Fortnite Wiki)

The end of Fortnite Chapter 2 is fast approaching and, unsurprisingly, exact details about the finale event are hard to come by.

When Fortnite’s first chapter ended with… The End, the island map everyone had grown to know and love was completely destroyed and the game was completely unavailable for a few long days.

So, expectations are no doubt high for Chapter 2’s grand finale, which Epic Games is, once again, simply calling The End. Details are rather scarce but Epic Games has at least shared some precautions players need to take in preparation.

As a reminder, this will also mark the end of the Season 8 battle pass, so be sure to spend the next few days completing some challenges to unlock any content you’re missing.

When does Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 – The End start?

Epic Games has shared an exact time and date for when The End begins. It takes place on December 4 starting from 9pm GMT/4pm ET. That’s a Saturday, so make sure you’ve got that evening free.

Epic Games adds that The End playlist will be available 30 minutes beforehand so you can jump in and not risk missing a second of it. It will also allow you to make plans with friends, if you’re thinking of taking part as a group.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 – The End: what is it?

Right now, Epic Games is keeping a tight lid on what exactly the event will entail. What we do know is, much like previous season finale events, it will be a one-time deal, so you only have one chance to experience it.

While the exact details are a tad vague, Epic Games has provided a general outline for the event. With the island overrun with cubes corrupting the landscape and summoning monsters from another reality, players have spent Season 8 fighting back against the corruption and the leader of the cubes, the Cube Queen.

The event will depict one final battle against the queen herself and allow you to form parties of upwards of 16 people. Epic Games also promises that ‘nothing will ever be the same,’ so we’ll likely see another complete overhaul of Fortnite’s map come Chapter 3.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 – The End: what should I do to prepare?

Aside from clearing any unfinished missions and unlocking rewards before 9pm on December 4 (such as a skin of the Cube Queen), Epic Games also recommends you trade in your remaining Battle Stars and collect the Color Bottles and Rainbow Ink to unlock the Toona Fish Styles. Any leftover Battle Stars will be used up automatically once the season ends, but the Color Bottles and Rainbow Ink won’t so don’t let them go to waste.

Bars won’t carry over to the next season either. As of today, however, Epic Games is running a Bargain Bin Week that cuts the cost of character services and exotic item trades to give you an incentive to spend them.

Lastly, if you can, try and make sure you’re able to record the event for posterity’s sake, even if you’re not a content creator. Epic Games won’t say why, but it encourages archiving the experience since there will be no option to replay it.

Make sure your settings are fine-tuned as well to suit your preference, since there will be no means of changing them once The End kicks off.

Fortnite is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

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